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Ready Or Not, Lead Gen Is Going Mobile For B2B Marketers


MobileWhen it comes to consumer behavior and business marketing on mobile devices, the growth stats are always staggering. Here’s one of the latest, from Pew Internet: 87% of smartphone owners check the Internet or email on their phones, including 68% who do so every day and 25% who say they "mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer."

That last number is an important one. “Rather than with a computer” shows that consumer behavior is on a fast track to be the dominant, rather than secondary, content-consumption screen.

Spotlight: Bulldog Solutions RevenueForce


RevenueForceBulldog Solutions’ RevenueForce system is a holistic approach to marketing campaign architecture, design and execution. RevenueForce incorporates audience acquisition, buyer insight assessments, solution nurturing and sales enablement into a highly focused campaign aligned to unique buyer issues.

Jive Software Launches New Marketing Collaboration Tool


Social business technologies are revolutionizing how enterprises can communicate and collaborate with their business networks. In fact, the market for social enterprise applications and related services is projected to expand to expand from $900 million in 2011 to $6.4 billion in 2016, according to a Forrester Research report.

Reflecting this trend, Jive Software, a social business company, has introduced an on-demand collaboration tool that offers team members the ability to connect and work together. The Jive for Marketing Teams tool is designed to decrease the amount of time it takes to get programs delivered to market while helping internal colleagues and external partners, such as agencies and contractors, drive leads, build better brand awareness and reduce operational costs.

SiriusDecisions Summit Highlights ROI of Sales and Marketing Alignment; Introduces New Frameworks for Lead Nurturing, Sales Enablement


SUMMIT_2011_US_Logo500pxThe annual SiriusDecisions Summit has become the bellwether event to track the progress and maturation of demand generation practices in the BtoB sector. And based on the presentations from this year’s event, held last week in Scottsdale, AZ, major BtoB companies are now realizing significant payoffs from their investments in sales and marketing alignment and lead management tools and processes. 

The event provided three days of best practices, benchmarks, case studies and proof points, all demonstrating how Bb-to-B b companies that have made investments in integrated lead development, demand management and measurement are outperforming their competitors.

SiriusDecisions Summit Highlights ROI of Sales and Marketing Alignment; Introduces New Frameworks for Lead Nurturing, Sales Enablement


SUMMIT_2011_US_Logo500pxThe annual SiriusDecisions Summit has become the bellwether event to track the progress and maturation of demand generation practices in the BtoB sector. And based on the presentations from this year’s event, held last week in Scottsdale, AZ, major BtoB companies are now realizing significant payoffs from their investments in sales and marketing alignment and lead management tools and processes. 

The event provided three days of best practices, benchmarks, case studies and proof points, all demonstrating how Bb-to-B b companies that have made investments in integrated lead development, demand management and measurement are outperforming their competitors.

Sales Enablement Emerging As Top Priority As Reps Struggle To Sustain Dialogue With Changing Buyer

BtoB companies' inability to align sales and marketing teams around the right processes and technologies has cost them upwards of 10% or more of revenue per year, or $100 million for a billion-dollar company, according to IDC.

With BtoB buyer behavior continuing to evolve, industry research points to an emerging skills gap within sales organizations, as reps are finding it more difficult to sustain a dialogue with prospects. These trends have pushed sales enablement to a top priority for BtoB organizations are challenged to empower sales teams to deliver relevant, high-touch interactions.

“Buyers are saying they have critical timeframes that have to be met, and the sales folks they are working with are not meeting these timelines,” noted Michael Gerard, VP Sales Advisory Service, IDC. “It might be the result of sales folks dropping the ball, or a lack of skills. Don’t overlook the fact that it might be a lack of support within the organization. We have to help make those connections.”

SiriusDecisions Summit Highlights ROI of Sales and Marketing Alignment; Introduces New Frameworks for Lead Nurturing, Sales Enablement


SUMMIT_2011_US_Logo500pxThe annual SiriusDecisions Summit has become the bellwether event to track the progress and maturation of demand generation practices in the BtoB sector. And based on the presentations from this year’s event, held last week in Scottsdale, AZ, major BtoB companies are now realizing significant payoffs from their investments in sales and marketing alignment and lead management tools and processes. 

The event provided three days of best practices, benchmarks, case studies and proof points, all demonstrating how Bb-to-B b companies that have made investments in integrated lead development, demand management and measurement are outperforming their competitors.

SAVO Poll: Companies Confuse CRM Solutions With Sales Processes


Nearly 75% of companies consider their CRM solution to be their sales process, and as a result are not optimizing their sales execution, according to a new poll conducted by SAVO Group. In addition, 68% of those that have implemented a separate, formal sales process did report an increase in revenue.

The results are from a live poll of 176 participants conducted during one of SAVO’s educational webinars, “The View Beyond CRM: Reimagining Your Sales Process.”

The poll also revealed that more than 60% of respondents have not earned a positive ROI from their CRM systems. However, of the companies that have realized positive returns, those using technology as a means to reinforce and drive greater adoption of their sales process see greater impact.

Callidus Acquires LeadFormix To Add Marketing Automation To Cloud Platform


Callidus Software Inc.
a provider of sales effectiveness and cloud computing solutions, today announced its acquisition LeadFormix, a marketing automation and lead management vendor. The company acquired LeadFormix for approximately $9 million in cash, subject to final adjustments as set forth in the Agreement, according to a company press release.

Silicon Valley-based LeadFormix offers the Marketing Automation 2.0 solution, designed to help marketers convert anonymous online visits into qualified sales leads, and determine web site visitor interest and intent. Designed to drive collaboration between marketing, inside sales and field sales, the solution also features business intelligence and data mining technology.

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